Qom, Iran

Black forms outside the shrine

Black forms outside the shrine

The shrine and the night

The shrine and the night

At the shrine and at night

At the shrine and at night

Choose your black design for your tchador at the bazar

Choose your black design for your tchador at the bazar

Food that looks like stones

Food that looks like stones

(super delicious buttery Qom sweet specialty)

Preparing the sohan

Miam...

Miam...

Carpet design at the bazar

Carpet design at the bazar

Pastel colours

Pastel colours

The super old Jame Mosque

The super old Jame Mosque

(eight hundred year old??)

At Imamzadeh Shah Hamzeh

At Imamzadeh Shah Hamzeh

(memorial for Shah Hamzeh)

Graves stones paving the way at the same Imamzadeh

Graves stones paving the way at the same Imamzadeh

Unusual dome, still at the Imamzadeh

Unusual dome, still at the Imamzadeh

Under the roof, painted beauty at the Imamzadeh

Under the roof, painted beauty at the Imamzadeh

Shiny shiny wall of the memorial

Shiny shiny wall of the memorial

Inside the memorial

Inside the memorial

Pretty prayers?

Pretty prayers?

Bubbling sangek dough

Bubbling sangek dough

(sangek is a type of bread)

Spreading the dough

Spreading the dough

Sangek getting cooked on the stones

Sangek getting cooked on the stones

Cobbly cooked sangek bread, fresh out the oven

Cobbly cooked sangek bread, fresh out the oven

Black forms outside the shrineThe shrine and the nightAt the shrine and at nightChoose your black design for your tchador at the bazarFood that looks like stones(super delicious buttery Qom sweet specialty)Miam...Carpet design at the bazarPastel colours(eight hundred year old??)(memorial for Shah Hamzeh)Graves stones paving the way at the same ImamzadehUnusual dome, still at the ImamzadehUnder the roof, painted beauty at the ImamzadehShiny shiny wall of the memorialInside the memorialPretty prayers?(sangek is a type of bread)Spreading the doughSangek getting cooked on the stonesCobbly cooked sangek bread, fresh out the oven

I have to admit: in Iran, for the first time, I missed having a zoom. My camera is wonderful, but has a fixed lens. I am the zoom. If I want the right shot, I have to be able to get closer. Otherwise, it’s frustrating. Well, let’s say that I got frustrated a lot in Iran! All those mosques, those tiles… I am not happy at all with the pictures I took in Iran. But I know a lot of you are curious, so I will just try to find the good ones – there must be a few that are ok, right?

About Qom now: it’s one of the most religious cities in Iran. It’s actually nicknamed “Iran’s Vatican”. And the funny part is that “Qom” is pronounced in a very similar way to “Rome” in French. :)  I did not see one single woman there wearing a hijab (headscarf) in Qom. All of them were covered in long black tchadors. In the bazaar, I got asked suspiciously if I was a khareji, a foreigner, and where I was from, by two guys wearing uniforms. I myself had to wear a tchador to enter the grounds of Imam Reza’s sister Fatema’s shrine. And I wasn’t allowed to enter the shrine itself, not being a muslim. One of the lovely young women I stayed with in Qom confessed that she was quite tired of having to wear a tchador every single time she was getting out of the house…

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